This cultivar is attributed to Dax Herbst, Aledo, Illinois, U.S.A. The specimen we have in The National Collection of Ginkgo biloba & Cultivars came from a scion kindly provided by Charles Hunter, U.S.A. which was in turn given to him by Dax Herbst. ‘Akebono’ translated into English it means "Sunrise". It is the name of a famous ‘form’ of Ginkgo which has been and continues to be used extensively in Japanese landscaping.
Ginkgo biloba 'Akebono' is an upright male form originating from Japan. It eventually forms an upright narrow tree, becoming more compact with age. Expected height 15m - 20m, with a spread of approximately 7m. The growth rate is reported to be 30cm - 45cm a year. The autumn colour is always outstanding.